Category Archives: Sermons

St. Patrick, Missionary Bishop to Ireland

[This blog posting is heavily in debt to Thomas O’Loughlin’s Discovering Saint Patrick (New York NY/MahwahNJ: Paulist Press, 2005). If you are serious about Patrick you’ll read this book] There are few historical figure burdened with more legends, myths, and … Continue reading

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The Christmas You Need: Choose from Five

I posted this two years ago, the last time I was on a medical leave of absence from work. It’s a sermon I’ve preached three times – once fourteen or fifteen years ago in the Parish of Pender and Saturna … Continue reading

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On Humility

Preached on the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year C), October 23, 2016 at The Parish of St. Matthias, Victoria BC (Diocese of British Columbia, Anglican Church of Canada). Some of you may recall this song by Mac Davis from 1980. … Continue reading

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An Anxious, Desperate God

Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost. You’ve lost something. And when I mean lost, I mean it’s not anywhere. That book … Continue reading

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How I Started a Sermon at St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery, New York City

Please indulge me as I begin this sermon the  way I might back home in Victoria, British Columbia – adapted for local use! First, I want to acknowledge that we have gathered on the traditional lands of the Lenape and … Continue reading

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St. Peter and the Primates

Gospel for the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter the Apostle When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say … Continue reading

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The Christmas You Need: Choose from Five

Ah, the Christmas story. We’ve seen it in pageants, in children’s Christmas books, in movies telling the story, narrated in Christmas carols, and parodied by Monty Python and thousands of others. We think we know it. And yet, when we … Continue reading

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